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Wednesday, 09 April 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
The recording industry and Internet music broadcasters hope a new agreement will prevent a repeat of their recent battle over online music royalties, allowing them to focus instead on providing better music services for consumers. The two sides agreed on how much big webcasters like Yahoo!, America Online, Microsoft and RealNetworks must pay to broadcast songs over the Internet during 2003 and 2004. The new deal, if approved by the U.S. Copyright Office, will allow the two industries to avoid a lengthy arbitration process to set the royalty rates. Jonathan Potter, executive director of the Digital Media Association, which represents webcasters, said that by saving his industry millions of dollars in legal fees, the agreement will allow webcasters to focus on providing "high-quality programming that is enjoyed by millions of listeners."
Monday, 07 April 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Swedish Radio (SR) has announced that it will start Digital Video Broadcasting (DVB) multi-channel test transmissions from the Sirius 2 satellite, using DTS’ Coherent Acoustics compression/decompression algorithm. The 24-hour, free-to-air broadcast service will be transmitted across Europe using both the Nordic and European beams of the Nordic Satellite AB (NSAB) Sirius 2 satellite (5 degrees East), on 12.245.34 MHz Vertical and 12.379.60 MHz Horizontal, respectively. The test period will also include terrestrial transmissions over DVB-T supplied by Teracom. “We want to use this opportunity to test what we call High Definition Radio,” says Bosse Ternstrom, SR Senior Sound Engineer/Producer. “The acceptance of 5.1 from the consumer market, along with great sound quality possibilities, now and in the near future, has encouraged us even more.”
Monday, 31 March 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
Years ago, the Proceed brand was used by Madrigal (owned by Harman International) for more affordable and/or experimental AV components in their high-end product lineup. Today, Proceed is respected as one of the elite brands in all of high-end AV, but after a disastrous run at making a high-performance DVD-Video transport called the PMDT, Madrigal has decided to end the Proceed brand name by merging it, in part, with the Mark Levinson brand. Select Proceed components will now be re-badged under the Mark Levinson brand, including the AVP2+6 preamp, the CVP2 video switcher and the HPA2 and HPA 3 power amplifiers. Gone will be the PMDT DVD machine, ironically, soon after Madrigal finally smoothed out the software bugs that plagued the unit. Other Proceed components that will not make the cut are the BPA2, BPA3 and the AMP5 amplifiers.
Friday, 21 March 2003 ,  Written by Jerry Del Colliano
Last week, D&M Holdings (the parent company of Denon and Marantz) bought up the old-school, high end company, McIntosh. This week they have their sites set on a more GenX acquisition in SONICblue. SONICblue is the U.S. company behind TiVo competitor, ReplayTV and RIO MP3 devices and is currently bankrupt. D&M Holdings has made a non-binding acquisition proposal to acquire these assets for $40 million, less up to $5 million of certain assumed liabilities to be determined by D&M and subject to further adjustments. SONICblue is supposedly going to sell off its other brands at auction. While the deal is not 100 percent guaranteed to go down, it seems likely to workout. This will result in D&M having the start to a true electronic empire consisting of companies that increasingly control more and more of the consumer market across multiple demographics. ...
Thursday, 13 March 2003 ,  Written by Scott Selter
D&M Holdings Inc. have announced that it has agreed to acquire McIntosh Laboratory, Inc., from Clarion Corporation of America, a subsidiary of Clarion Co. Ltd., a manufacturer of car audio and electronics. Financial terms of the acquisition were not disclosed. McIntosh, a 53-year-old company based in Binghamton, N.Y., designs and manufactures high-end audio, home theater and car audio products and has annual revenue of approximately $25 million. The financial impact on D&M Holdings is not expected to be material in fiscal 2002 ending on March 31, 2003, but it is expected to be accretive in fiscal 2003.
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